When it comes to decking the halls, Scandinavia is a regular inspiration. So what’s the secret to achieving a classic Scandi festive look? We’re delighted to invite an expert opinion from Scandinavian design blog Norse White to HIBS100 today. From London-based interior design company Ardesia Design, these guys know a thing or two when it comes to Scandinavian style.
What is Scandinavian style?
Scandinavian design appeared in the 1950s in the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. It is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. This style offers a calm and peaceful interior look and this makes us think it is perfect for Christmas. Scandinavian style usually involves a mix of creamy, white, silver, gold and red colours, which offers a very simple and elegant approach to festive decorating.
Decorating the tree
The Christmas tree is a focal point of the house during Christmas and it needs to be perfect. Decorate your Christmas tree with simple wooden or hand made toys, using mainly white, silver and red colours. Play with Christmas tree skirting, by choosing a sheepskin, wooden basket or a pallet box. Try to be creative, but remember to keep it simple.
Dressing the table
Scandinavian style is always defined by nature and use of greenery, candle light and handmade crafts. Decorate your table with springs of green, snipping branch tips from your Christmas tree or using rosemary branches. Combine branches with candles and try to sprinkle a bit of silver or gold decorative ornaments on the table. Dinner dishes, table linen and table decorations should be a mix of white and red colours.
Try to use more wood, whites and silver, paying attention to purity and cleanness of the decor. Play with Christmas tree branches, making them into a feature by placing into a big vase or by creating a door wreath. Bring more light into the house by using loads of candles. The main idea of Scandinavian design is to show beauty and function of everyday objects, so be natural, keep it within the colour scheme and you will get a beautiful Scandinavian Christmas Home.
Do you follow a particular festive style? Share your Christmas decor tips with us and inspire us this December.